Anointing of the Sick 

 

Anointing of the sick is a sacrament which gives one grace as strengthening, and peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that are associated with disease, illness and dying. Along with the sacrament of Confession, it is considered a sacrament of healing. In a unique way, this sacrament unites those who are suffering with the sufferings of Jesus, who also experienced fear and pain during His time on earth. This profound experience sometimes brings physical healing to those who are gravely ill. St. Paul described this, saying, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh, I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church (Col 1:24) “By celebrating this sacrament, the church, in communion of the saints, intercedes for the benefit of the sick person, and he, for his part, through the grace of this sacrament, contributes to the sanctification of the Church and to the good of all men for whom the church suffers and offers herself through Christ to god the Father. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1522)

 

Please let the Parish Priest know if you are in hospital or going in for an operation and you need a prayer. Also, if you want to be added to the list of home visits by the Parish Priest to Parishioners that are housebound, please email the Parish office on hoxton@rcdow.org.uk or call 02077395006